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Recife’s wildlife

A decent-sized garden lizard
What if chi lost 18lbs on the atkins diet? He would be as lithe and listless as this guy
Pitifully meowing scraggle-kitten about to join the considerable ranks of Brazil's feral cat population

Being in the city means I did not see nearly as much in the way of creatures on this tip to Brazil. Most of the wildlife was more human – check out these basemobiles!

Olinda's basemobile, a retrofited Ford Fred?

On Avienda Boa Viagem


I am safely in Vancouver, although a little jet-lagged. It was a close call, but I was really fortunate to emerge from all the snökaoset in Europe with myself and all my luggage. There are so many people waiting for flights that I couldn’t have taken that for granted.

Looking forward to visiting and eating and paddling over the holidays!

Safety Signs

Jordan gave me some neat workplace safety signs in different languages when I was in Canada.  My ‘favourite’ part is usually the graphic illustration of what might happen…

Poor stickman, you have been through so much already.

Here are some more great safety signs for safety fans.

Happy Women´s Day!

Rock on sista!

March 8 is International Women´s Day. It started as a Socialist political event, but is now a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. This date is also commemorated at the United Nations and is designated in many countries as a national holiday. I thought I would take the opportunity to highlight a few awsome women, but once I started brainstorming a list, I realized that would take a looooong time.  Maybe I´ll just highlight brand-new mom Michelle and my NEWEST favourite woman, baby Jasmine.      Feel free to add your suggestions of awesome women or “great moments in women´s history” in the comments!


This is a picture form Hasse´s big move on Saturday.  This picture shows the piano movie crew, with piano! (It is heavier than it looks).  We look forward to hearing a song at the housewarming party. 🙂

Piano moving crew. This shows (L to R) Eljia and Hasse, Graham and I, Hasse´s brother Kim and Hasse´s Dad. Hasse´s mom is taking the photo.

A Late Post

A bit late on this, but it’s worth it. I realized yesterday that I completely forgot my friend Erica’s birthday (Sorry!)  Usually I remember, so I can only think it is a result of not being in Canada and having the usual Fall reminders.  I also forgot Dec 6: the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.  This a Canadian event commemorating the Montreal Massacre at École Polytechnique.  Yesterday was the 20th anniversary of that horrible event. Fourteen women were killed and several more injured by a man who came in with a gun, asked the men to leave, said ‘I hate feminists’ and opened fire.

Sadly, this is not an isolated example of violence against women.  So, December 6 has become a day for awareness and action to make all women safe from violence.  If you would like to learn more, check out Women Against Violence Against Women.